COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease that was first detected in China on December 31, 2019 and has now been detected in almost 70 locations internationally, including in the United States. While many cases may be mild to moderate with symptoms similar to colds and flu, some cases may be more severe. The risk of severe illness seems to be higher for older people and those with underlying health conditions.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. Remember light switches and cell phones too.
This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and the CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health will provide the most up-to-date information on specific numbers and spread of this disease.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Minnesota Department of Health
- CDC Travel Information and Guidance
- World Health Organization (WHO)
Updates From Local Healthcare Providers
- Cuyuna Regional Medical Center (CRMC)
- Essentia Health
- Riverwood Healthcare Center
- Mille Lacs Health System
- Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
Watch this short video to ensure you and your family stay healthy.
- Preventing the spread of COVID - 19 in long-term care facilities
- COVID-19 and Pregnancy FAQs
- COVID-19 and Children FAQs
- Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19
- Interim Guidance: Get Your Community and Faith-Based Organizations Ready for COVID-19
Make a Plan
Plan ahead for disasters. Learn how to stay safe. https://www.ready.gov
The Minnesota Department of Health has set up COVID-19 public hotlines. For health questions call 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903. For questions about schools, child care and businesses call 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504. Both are open 7 am to 7 pm every day.
CDC phone number is 1-800-CDC-INFO or 1-800-232-4636.